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National Walk to School Day

October 7, 2015

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

Walk to School Day 2015 is scheduled for October 7.

Mark your Calendars! The Walk to School Day dates for 2016 and 2017 have been set:

Walk to School Day 2016 – October 5, 2016
Walk to School Day 2017 – October 4, 2017

Get all the details at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org


Traverse City Walks To School Day is a community-wide, multi-school celebration of National Walk To School Day this Wednesday, October 7th. As part of our Safe Routes To School project, Norte! is dreaming big to encourage more TC students to walk to school then ever before.

We will also be crowing The Most Walk-tastic Traverse City School! That’s a big, big deal.

Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE bikes but sometimes we enjoy a nice walk too:

Walking to school is known to improve academic performance.

Walking to school gives children good life experience.

Walking to school gets children outdoors.

Walking to school provides daily exercise for children.

The US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, just made a call for more walkable communities for people of all ages.

So set those alarms a little earlier this Wednesday, eat a solid breakfast, invite a friend or 6, strap your backpack on and join us as Traverse City Walks To School Day.

Participating Schools:

Traverse Heights
Central Grade
TCAPS Montessory @ Glenn Loomis
Willow Hill
West Middle

For those kids too young to walk on their own, Norte! will be transforming our community-wide network of bike trains into “walking school buses”:

Glenn Loomis’ “buses”:

12th/Maple: Mr. Clark’s house: Meet at 7:50, walking at 8:00
10th/Lake: Oryana:: Meet at 7:40, walking at 7:50
Traverse Heights’ “bus”:

Arbutus Court Park : Meet at 8:00, walking at 8:10
Eastern’s “buses”:

Civic Center: Front of Howe arena: Meet at 8:20, walking at 8:30
Clancy Park: Meet at 8:25, walking at 8:35
Corner of Highland/Cherry Lane: Mrs. Stahl’s house: at 8:25, walking at 8:35
East Bay Park: Meet at 8:20, walking at 8:30
Central Grade‘s “buses”:

6th/Maple: Mrs. Arnold’s house: Meet at 7:30, walking at 7:40
10th/Lake: Oryana: Meet at 7:30, walking at 7:40
Willow Hill’s “bus”:

Darrow Park: Meet at 8:10, walking at 8:15
Our friends at Oryana will be generously providing healthy snacks at their “bus stop” for TCAPS Montessori and Central Grade students.
The Traverse City Police Department will also be walking to school with us. How awesome is that?

AND…our friends at TART Trails have donated a bunch of clip-on flashers for backpacks to keep the kids seen and safe.

We are looking for extra volunteers to help keep the kids safe, count walkers at school and dish up highfives.

Make sure to take some photos Wednesday and post using #WalkTVC

Walk Happy. Walk Más. Walk TC.

~ Your Friendly N!YC Crew

For additional details, maps, to volunteer or to get your school involved visit http://elgruponorte.org


October 7, 2015


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